'I Feel Like I Was Somewhat Lied To.' There's a Lot of That Going Around, Sir!The real question is, just how wishy-washy are these people? Will be be persuaded by a blatant racial pitch that you know is going to come ("how can you vote against the first black president?"). Have they got the guts to reject the guy who promised rainbows and unicorns in favor of a guy who promises competence and experience? We'll see.
What we're seeing in this focus group is happening, around kitchen tables, barstools, and front steps all across the country:
Last night, veteran Democratic pollster Peter Hart conducted a focus group featuring 12 undecided, ticket-splitting voters in Colorado, which illustrated the tough challenge President Obama faces in winning a second term. He's lost significant ground among these swing voters: Ten of the participants voted for Obama in 2008; only three of them said they leaned towards re-electing him in 2012. In an initial survey taking leaners into account, Mitt Romney led Obama 5-3, with four completely undecided.
Listening to the feedback from the group, it was striking how many of them have grown disillusioned from their own expectations set by Obama's soaring rhetoric from 2008, and the less-inspiring reality that transpired.
After being shown footage of a campaign speech by Obama, the prevailing sentiment was that the president was a slick salesman, but his words didn't match his actions.
"I got duped. I fell under his spell. What he's done with the car industry is the only real success," said Patrick Allen, a 27-year-old health care consultant, who voted for Obama in 2008. "I feel like I was somewhat lied to."
Okay, Governor Romney and those around him. Close the sale.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
There's a lot of this going on among voters today (from Morning Jolt):
Posted by Rick Moore on 6/14/2012